The Wept/Fauzia sewing group is made up of 16 Grenfell and North Kensington resident learners. The event celebrated the achievement of these women, who have experienced trauma and adversity, who learned new skills to produce garments for themselves and family members with very little or no sewing experience.
The event saluted not just these women in the community but also gave a platform to some local artists and creative practitioners to record local history in the presence of audiences from the community, friends and family, staff and management of the curve, board of governors and members of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. An exhibition of some of the key garments was displayed on the ground floor main foyer after the event for a number of weeks.
Over the last 6 months, Wept has been supporting Fauzia’s sewing club, which was previously run by Fauzia who, unfortunately, died in the Grenfell fire disaster with her entire family. In her memory, they’ve delivered the project and have introduced these women from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds to the technical and creative aspects of fashion design and garment construction. This group is comprised of 16 women of diverse cultural backgrounds, their nationalities range from Morocco, Algeria, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Nigeria, Caribbean etc. Wept has developed their skills with commercial patterns, and the construction of an eclectic mix of garments, from North and West African traditional clothes to contemporary styles. Based on this training they’ve adapted commercial patterns of their choice and constructed garments in selected fabrics.
Find out more about this event and the Wept project here.